Billionaire Elon Musk Wants People to be Cyborgs

Billionaire Elon Musk Wants People to be Cyborgs

Billionaire Elon Musk Wants People to be Cyborgs

Elon Musk never seems shy to share his concerns about artificial intelligence. In August 2014, he tweeted that the technology was "potentially more dangerous than nukes." Speaking to students from MIT a few months later, Musk expanded on that view and took it one step further, calling AI "our biggest existential threat."

But Musk wants to walk the talk. By December 2015 he co-founded the non-profit research company OpenAI in an effort to democratize AI development and advance the technology to humanity's best benefit. "If you have a button that could do bad things to the world, you don't want to give it to everyone," he told Wired.

This week, in a conversation at Recode's annual Code Conference, Musk shared a tentative idea for something called "neural laces," which he imagines could mitigate the risk of humanity becoming something of a pet to superintelligence.

"The solution that seems maybe the best one is to have an AI layer," he said. "So think, if you have your limbic system, your cortex, and then a digital layer -- sort of a third layer, above the cortex -- that could work well and symbiotically with you. Just as your cortex works symbiotically with your limbic system, this digital layer would work symbiotically with the rest of you."

 

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